Tips on remote LAN operation - new laptop

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Hi All,

Bought a new Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition laptop. Intel i7 CPU, 16 GB ram, 256 GB SSD, 1 TB storage drive, Nvidia 860M GPU with 4 GB ram.

Started testing LAN remote this morning and I was experiencing 6 short pauses where the rx audio and panadapter would freeze. This would repeat about every 45 to 60 seconds. I tracked it down to the Acer Cloud service which was pre-installed and loaded on boot. Disabling the various bloatware from loading on boot cured the network pauses 100%. On Windows 8.1 right click the taskbar and select Task Manager. Go to the startup tab and right click each item you don't want to automatically load and select disable. Reboot to a much faster experience.

Also, SmartSDR was not automatically using the NVidia GPU with the dedicated graphics memory. If your laptop has the Nvidia GPU, go into NVidia Control Panel and go to manage 3D settings tab. Click add program and select SmartSDR from the list of programs. Under preferred GPU select Nvidia and then click apply. Restart SmartSDR and it should now use the Nvidia graphics card.

This should improve graphics and reduce CPU load, especially when running multiple panadapters.

Last, I bought the Heil Proset Elite headset with the IC element. Since the new laptop has a combo audio port (4 pin) I bougt a combo port splitter cable at MicroCenter. Plugged it in the laptop and after some quick EQ tweaking I am getting excellent audio reports.

Dave, wo2x
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Dave - since the dawn of Windows time when the PCs came pre-installed with the OS and PC manufacturer's "helper programs (aka bloatware, crapware, etc..), the first thing I always do to a new PC is install a fresh copy of the OS on a reformatted hard drive.  I cannot begin to add up all of the countless hours this has saved me in the past.  It can be a challenge to track down all of the "phone home" type apps that suck the performance bucket dry.  This is one reason that I routinely DIY all of my desktops too.
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David Decoons wo2x, Elmer

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True. I "roll my own" with desktops, but there are features in a few of the pre-installed programs on the laptop that I do use. Removing them from startup allows the PC/laptop to run better and the user can also just run those apps from the start/programs menu when needed.

The other tip is that SmartSDR will not use the better GPU automatically. Offloading graphics processing to the Nvidia GPU can help with overall performance when running SmartSDR on the laptop (if the laptop has dual video cards).

Figure this may help some that are not as savvy with reinstalling from scratch.

Dave, wo2x
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